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After the vibrant frenzy of Syro, Richard D. James slows down. The Cheetah EP is a brief but luminescent set of velvety acid and warped sound experiments—made with the notoriously difficult, early ‘90s synth of the same name. As heard on highlights “CHEETAHT7b” and “2X202-ST5,” James makes the most of the challenge.

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I think of Richard as a modern day Stravinsky-Beethoven-Satie because of "Drukqs." The "next level beats," (as Richard calls them) on "54 cymru beats," and especially "mt saint michel mix+st. michaels mount," (which is a truly staggering accomplishment) set a bar I feel no one has reached since.
He used to evolve his sound with every record, this Cheetah EP is pretty much interchangeable with SYRO, except it's more sedate and predictable. I'll always buy his stuff, and I have all the soundcloud tracks but even with hundreds released, only one, (the majestically awesome "box energy remix") had next level beats.
C'mon Richard! Let's have some aphex acid! Please? And thanks for the bleep stream! Now I have preorders with bleep and iTunes.

Just OK

Like another reviewer said, I'll always buy Richard's music. But this ep is a little lackluster. I'm sure the cheetah synth was a beast to program, but that doesn't make this a good album in of itself. I think the songs are little one dimensional for Richard's usual output. If your getting a recent ep of his, orphaned deejay selek and computer controlled acoustic instruments part 2 are much better.


For the person complaining about an album, he's released well over 250 songs on his sound cloud for free. This song (or a variation of it) being one of them. It's a beautiful song.


Born: August 18, 1971 in Limerick, Ireland

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Exploring the experimental possibilities inherent in acid and ambience, the two major influences on home-listening techno during the late '80s, Richard D. James' recordings as Aphex Twin brought him more critical praise than any other electronic artist. Though his first major single, "Didgeridoo," was a piece of acid thrash designed to tire dancers during his DJ sets, ambient stylists and critics later took him under their wing for Selected Ambient Works 85-92, a sublime touchstone in the field of...
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